Author Archives: Wilbur's Travels

Sunday Photo – Millau Viaduct, France

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A-Z April Challenge, St Simeon’s Monastery, Syria

St Simeon’s Monastery is located some 30km north of Aleppo. St Simeon is the guy who legend has it was driven up the pole! Simeon the Stylite lived for 37 years in the 5th century on top of a one metre square platform atop a 15 metre high pillar. He had already lived in solitude […]

Friday Photo – Rose Petals, Bangkok

A-Z April Challenge, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I visited Cambodia in 2015 as part of my 50th birthday celebrations, starting out in wonderful Phnom Penh. Having been struck dumb by the sadness of the macabre Killing Fields & Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum where the Khmer Rouge meted out such misery, I was somewhat revived by the beauty of the Royal Palace. It […]

A-Z April Challenge – Q’alat Najm & Q’alat Ja’bar

During our stay in wonderful Aleppo in 2009 we hired a taxi driver to take us northwards to two castles named Qal’at Ja’bar and Qal’at Najm. The long journey was well worth it as both castles looked majestic framed by blue skies and the beautiful azure waters of Lake Assad the Euphrates River respectively. Qal’at Ja’bar Qal’at Najm […]

Wordless Wednesday – Geghard Monastery, Armenia

A-Z April Challenge – Prambanan, Indonesia

For an Islamic country as Indonesia is, it has some fine religious buildings representing other faiths. I have already blogged in the A-Z Challenge about the amazing Javanese Buddhist temple of Borobudur and now it is the turn of the nearby Hindu shrine of Prambanan. I visited Java & Bali in 1997 (we were actually […]

A-Z April Challenge – Old Cataract Hotel, Aswan

I have only visited or stayed in a very small handful of iconic hotels such as the Baron in Aleppo, Hotel Lisboa in Macao, Hotel Nacional in Havana, Raffles in Singapore, La Mamounia in Marrakesh or the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. The Old Cataract is up there with them. I didn’t stay at […]

A-Z April Challenge – Norias of Hama, Syria

In May 2009 I was lucky enough to visit Syria. This is how it was before the tragic conflict. Hama is famous for its norias, huge wooden water wheels used to lift water from the River Orontes to irrigate the crops. It is claimed that they date back to 1100 BC and although no longer […]

Sunday Photo – Luang Prabang, Laos